What options did the US have before dropping the bomb?
There were a few other options that Truman could have used
instead of the destructive force that is the atom bomb. The US
troops had been island hopping and were ready to begin an invasion.
The con of this plan would be the heavy loss of American soldiers
and that is probably the main factor as to why Truman didn't use
it. Another option would be to negotiate with the Japanese and
maybe come to an agreement. This was also pushed out because of the
fact that the Japanese were ruthless fighters and would not go down
easily in any battle. The option that would have been the best in
my opinion would be to gain the help of the Soviet Union. On August
8, 1945, a day before the second atomic bomb was dropped, the
Soviet's declared war on Japan which is believed to be the reason
why they unconditionally surrendered. This plan would have taken
less lives and done less damage to Japan and therefore would have
been the better idea.